Lufthansa allows digital Covid-19 certificates

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German carrier Lufthansa announced it would allow passengers to use new digital Covid-19 vaccination certificates at check-in for their flights, Reuters reported. Lufthansa confirmed that passengers would be able to show the digital proof of vaccination either on their phones or on a printout when checking in at the airport, and the boarding pass would then be issued.

"This eliminates the need to juggle different papers and proofs. It also significantly reduces the risk of misuse of fake vaccination certificates," Lufthansa said.

Germany started issuing QR codes for those who are fully vaccinated last week. Lufthansa said on selected routes it would also soon be possible to use the digital vaccination certificate to check in via smartphone using the airline's app. Passengers who want to check they have the right paperwork can also contact the Lufthansa service centre up to 72 hours before they fly, which can also deal with proof of a negative Covid-19 test, recovery from the virus and also vaccinations.

European Union Member States agreed last week to an easing of travel restrictions over the summer that will allow fully vaccinated tourists to avoid tests or quarantines and broaden the list of EU regions from which it is safe to travel.

Lufthansa also said it planned to repay state aid it received during the pandemic before Germany's federal election in September if possible. Lufthansa was pushed to the brink by the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, when travel restrictions led to a collapse in air travel, forcing it to take 9 billion euros in aid from Germany and its other home countries.

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